Gini Wijnaldum has become the subject of much media attention amid ongoing uncertainty regarding to his contractual situation at Liverpool.
The 29-year-old has just one year remaining on his current Anfield deal and there have been reports that Wijnaldum has been instructed by newly recruited Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman not to extend his future with Liverpool.
However, despite the speculation that has been fueled by the transfer rumour mill, Wijnaldum remains a Liverpool player and his most recent comments pay notion to that.
Speaking during an interview with Liverpool’s official website, Wijnaldum spoke out for the first time since the official confirmation of the 2020/21 Premier League fixtures were released.
“We don’t know what we can expect. We know the fixtures and everything is tight and that you’re going to play a lot games”, Wijnaldum said.
“But I think we will see how tough it is when we are in the situation when you play game after game. Then we’re going to see how tough it is.
“We dealt with that situation before in some periods in the season and we know how to deal with it but it’s going to be difficult.
“Most periods of the season we’re going to play a lot of games. We just have to deal with the situation.
“You just want to do as good as possible and I already said it in my previous interviews that you never know what you deal with during the season.
“I just hope we can deal with every situation we will get in and make it as good as last season.”
What was most telling
Perhaps the most important statement made by Wijnaldum during that interview came towards the end of the interview with the Dutchman showcasing his drive to replicate last season’s success.
Wijnaldum stating he is determined to make the 2020/21 campaign ‘as good as last season’ typifies his professionalism as a Liverpool player as, despite links and reports, the objective for next season remains as it always has – winning.
Although Wijnaldum is yet to publically speak out publically regarding his Liverpool future his most recent comments are still encouraging.
The Independent reported yesterday that Wijnaldum has not dismissed the possibility of taking up a new challenge in 2021 once his contract expires, yet his current priorities lie with Liverpool’s title defence which will begin against Leeds United at Anfield on September 12.
Wijnaldum is well within his right to keep the door open on his future and there is indeed still time that a deal can be agreed between the player and Liverpool.
Perhaps a statement may come from Wijnaldum in the near future but at this time of writing, there is too much uncertainty for concrete declarations.
The situation can still be resolved and there is still plenty more Wijnaldum can give Liverpool next season.
So far, the Reds have been reluctant to do so, and it is unclear if they will. It might be up to Wijnaldum to take matters into his own hands.
At present, while it can be argued his Liverpool future is ambiguous, the early signs showcase there could still be a future beyond 2021 for Wijnaldum at Anfield.
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